The FBI office on Oahu is issuing a warning about a telephone scam for all Hawaii residents.
Someone is posing as a "Deputy" and provides his name and a badge number in hopes of legitimizing the call.
The person tells the victim that they are delinquent from federal jury duty and will be arrested immediately.
In order to avoid arrest, the "Deputy" tells the victim that they can pay a fine. The victim is instructed to go to a Longs Drugs store and get a $500 "green dot" money order.
The victim is also provided with a local telephone number to call. Once the victim has obtained the money order, they are instructed to call the number and provide the numbers located on the back of the money order.
The FBI says the people promoting the scam will provide the names of federal judges, courtroom numbers and addresses in an attempt to make the scam believable.
The public is reminded that this is not the protocol of the Federal Court System. The public should not provide personal identifying information over the phone and need to verify the veracity of the call before providing any form of payment.
If anyone should receive a call as described, please contact the Honolulu FBI at 808-566-4300.